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Health Care

While we obsess over Trump, China is making history

While news and analysis in the United States continue to be obsessed with President Trump’s daily antics and insults, halfway around the world, something truly historic just happened. China signaled that it now sees itself as the world’s other superpower, positioning itself as the alternative, if …

China
College & University

North Korea and Iran’s nuclear threat

We must manage the conflict cleverly, talk less and carry out actions that will lessen the threat caused by these two nations.<p>Friday nights, while …

North Korea

What Is a Nation in the 21st Century?

LONDON — The recent independence referendums in Iraqi Kurdistan and Catalonia, and the predictable heavy-handed responses from the central governments in Baghdad and Madrid, have raised many questions — a catechism without answers — on the meaning of nationhood in the 21st century. What is a …

Why do all conversations lead to Trump?

The US president has become the new Hitler: sooner or later it seems that all online discussions invoke his name<p>It is a truism of the modern age that the world has become smaller, and that this is both a good and bad thing. Information is shared where once it was hoarded; multiplicities of voice …

With our narrow interpretation of racism it's too easy to deny that we are racist

As members of a society built on the dispossession of its original owners we need better racial literacy for the challenges ahead<p>I teach undergraduates at Western Sydney University, several hundreds of whom have, over the last five years, studied my unit, “The Racial State”. I chose this title to …

Our workplaces shouldn't have us sitting on our butts so long

<b>(CNN) —</b> The way we work is killing us.<p>According to a new study, sitting for long periods correlates with earlier death; the longer you sit, the shorter your life.<p>What should you be doing? Some standing movement every 30 minutes, researchers say, is a must -- at least 2½ hours of moderate-intensity …

The Workplace

Facial recognition is here. The iPhone X is just the beginning

Apple’s new smartphone will unlock using face recognition, thanks to infrared and 3D sensors. This technology is spreading – and complacency is not an option<p>I have a confession to make. I’m a privacy lawyer who researches the risks of face recognition technology – and I will be buying the new …

Surveillance

We Travellers must take a stand against racism, for the sake of our children

Hate crime, hate speech and discrimination by schools and doctors is still rife, new research out this week has warned<p>It is almost 17 years to the day since I won a historic case that established in law that Irish Travellers are an ethnic minority and entitled to the same protections as other …

Trump either cannot see the differences in values between the U.S. and Russia or he doesn't care

Donald Trump, meet Bill Browder.<p>It is unlikely but possible that the president does not know about the history of this American businessman who …

Trump is privately raging about Robert Mueller. But all of this is his own fault.

<b>THE MORNING PLUM:</b><p>Is President Trump even capable of grasping the basic outlines of the story line that led to the appointment of Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III and his intensifying investigation, which is now targeting Trump himself? This is not intended as idle speculation about our …

Donald Trump

Time to Restrict the President’s Power to Wage Nuclear War

For the first time in a generation, there is widespread anxiety about the possibility of nuclear war, stimulated by the extreme tensions between North Korea and the United States. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has advised Americans that they can sleep safely at night, a reassurance that most …

It’s the Right Time to Talk About Climate Change

<b>To the Editor:</b><p>Re “For E.P.A. Chief, Discussing Climate After Storms Is ‘Insensitive’ ” (news article, Sept. 12):<p>The aftermath of climate-change-fueled superstorms like Harvey and Irma is exactly the right time to talk about man-made global warming, contrary to Scott Pruitt’s whining that the …

The Free Speech-Hate Speech Trade-Off

“Controversies over freedom of speech on college campuses have existed as long as there have been college campuses. But the specific issues vary with each generation.”<p>That is the first line of Erwin Chemerinsky’s new book, “Free Speech on Campus,” written with Howard Gillman. Mr. Chemerinsky is not …

Liberalism and the Campus Rape Tribunals

Last week Betsy DeVos, the secretary of education, announced that the Trump White House would be revising the Obama administration guidelines for how colleges and universities adjudicate accusations of sexual assault.<p>There were protests outside her speech and spittle-flecked rants on Twitter, but …

New Trumpcare Deserves a Quick Death

<i>This article is part of the Opinion Today newsletter. You can sign up here to receive more briefings and a guide to the section daily in your inbox.</i><p>To paraphrase Ronald Reagan: There they go again.<p>On Wednesday, a group of Republican senators plan to release a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. …

A lesson from Hurricane Irma: capitalism can’t save the planet - it can only destroy it

The perpetual quest for growth drives our economics. That’s why our environment and financial system lurch from crisis to crisis<p>There was “a flaw” in the theory: this is the famous admission by Alan Greenspan, the former chair of the Federal Reserve, to a congressional inquiry into the 2008 …

Sexual harassment is just the tip of the iceberg for women in the workplace

Sexual harassment is the tip of iceberg. American women say they experience all sorts of discrimination at work, much of it subtle and hard to tackle …

Gender

This Video About The Gender Pay Gap Would Be Funny If It Weren't So Sad

In honor of Equal Pay Day on April 4, Sheryl Sandberg's organization LeanIn.org created a video to help us understand the gender wage gap, <i>Hello</i> …

Research: Junior Female Scientists Aren’t Getting the Credit They Deserve

According to the U.S. National Science Foundation, women earn about half of the doctoral degrees in science, yet they represent a mere 21% of the faculty at the full professor level at research institutions in the United States.<p>In explaining these numbers, a great deal of attention has been given …

The women still working into their 70s

<b>The proportion of women working into their 70s in the UK has doubled in the last four years and is starting to catch up with men.</b><p>Analysis of official data reveals that 5.6% of women only stopped working after the age of 70 in 2012. This had risen to 11.3% in 2016.<p>Worries over pension income and a …

Gender Pay Gap Persists Across Faculty Ranks

Although women’s salaries have grown at a slightly higher rate than men’s, the latest figures show that academe still hasn’t remedied a …

Academia

The Dark Side of Gender Segregation in the Military

Tailhook. Aberdeen. Lackland. All of the service academies. Now the Marine Corps social media photo scandal. Military sex scandals have been …